India go into the four-match series against Australia as the No. 1 Test team in the world. Virat Kohli and Company can only justify this prestigious status by scoring their first Test series win away from home this year and ending the drought of a series triumph Down Under in white flannels with the red ball.
The present Indian combine is being tipped as the best team to create history in Australia. The ‘best team’ tag they also carried to South Africa and England earlier this year – only to lose track on foreign soil and return conquered.
It is not just the strength of the Indian team, the inexperience of the present Australian team also gives India a better chance to accomplish what none Indian side has done ever before – a Test series win in Australia.
India go into the match with four bowlers and seven batsmen, including wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Rohit Sharma is named in the 12 announced for the match with R Ashwin being the sole spinner. For the seventh batsmen there will be a toss between Sharma and Hanuma Bihari, the latter may have some edge with his ability to chip in a the occasional fifth bowler.
Hosts have surprisingly preferred batsmen Travis Head and Peter Handscomb to all-rounder Mitch Marsh.
Kohli expectedly will not just be driving factor for Team India, the commercial stakeholders too will be focusing on the man who had churned out 692 runs in the 2014 series. Kohli’s success also becomes the success for the broadcasters and sponsors who invest their money to seek commercial mileage from the game.
The match, to be played at the Adelaide Oval from December 6 to 10, will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Cluster channels. The Indian fans on the move can also catch the live action on Sony Picture Network’s OTT platform SonyLIV.
Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD will broadcast the English feed live, while the live action with Hindi programming will be available on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary.
The match will start at 6:00 AM IST.